Ninety two families on New Era Estate face eviction

We are all in it together, we are told.

Today, party leaders were kowtowing to their paymasters at CBI.

Austerity is not working. David Cameron promised more austerity. In a race to the bottom, and not only in poll ratings, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband promised anything you can cut, we can cut even further.

Not all in it together if you live on the New Era Estate in Hoxton.

The New Era Estate in Hoxton has a long history of providing affordable housing and has been home to some people for 70 years.

Not for much longer.

Devastated families are facing being evicted after the inherited estate of Britain’s richest Memeber of Parlieament bought a stake in their homes.

Tory Richard Benyon’s £110 million family firm is part of a consortium that recently bought the housing estate and announced plans for a massive rent hike.

Berkshire Member of Parliament Richard Benyon is a director of the family 300-year-old Englefield Estate, which owns 20,000 acres of land from Hampshire to Scotland.

Its portfolio includes the 250-property Benyon Estate in East London which is now a “minority shareholder” in the flats on the New Era Estate.

Do we let Richard Benyon MP and his bother Edward, motivated by greed, drive people out of their homes?

We need Fair Rents we need tougher action against Rachman landlords like the Benyon Brothers.

A strange article in the Daily Mail, on the one hand attacking Russell Brand for taking part in the New Era Estate protest, whilst at the same time acknowledged that following acquisition of the estate by modern day Rachman Benyon Brothers, tenants face a hike from affordable rents to market rents, which could see a tripling of rents and them forced out of their homes.

Daily Mail more interested in attack on Russell Brand, than reporting on eviction of ninety two families by the Rachman Benyon Brothers.

We are creating a situation where ordinary working people are being socially cleansed out of London and will be forced to commute into London, or live on the streets of London.

A return to the London of Charles Dickens.

We already have food banks and workfare, how long before we have the workhouse? Look at the advantages, why have consumer tat produced in China, when we can have the poor working in the workhouse to earn their keep?

The ConDem government complains the Housing Benefits bill is too high. The reason it is too high, is because taxpayers are subsiding Rachman landlords like the Benyon Brothers. Keen to put a cap on benefits, not so keen a cap on rents.

The New Era Estate was built by a charitable trust in the mid-1930s, the redbrick square has provided homes to local working people at affordable rents. That is until sold to a consortium of greedy developers, of which the Benyon Brothers are part.

Remember the slogan at the end of WWI, homes fit for heroes. But we’d rather stick plastic poppies on lampposts.

Lyndsey Garratt is a 35-year-old mother, works as a care co-ordinator at the local NHS trust. Her rent was £640 a month for the two-bed flat she shares with her daughter. When her contract expires in July 2016, she will be charged around £2,400 a month. For Lyndsey Garratt that is way more than her entire take-home pay. Since the Benyon Brothers acquisition, her rent has already shot up by £160 a month.

Her local Council has told her what to expect should she be evicted. As a single mother, she and eight-year-old Daisy will be moved into a homeless shelter, for anything up to four years; then it’s temporary accommodation, which could be in Manchester or Birmingham.

Richard Benyon lives in Englefield House, a stately home just outside Reading, complete with deer park and 3,500 acres of woodlands. Within the estate’s walls lies most of Englefield village. being a Tory, he backed the Bedroom Tax. He gets £2 million of public money from the EU to keep up his farmland. Handouts for the rich taxes for the poor.

Russell Brand was there, supporting the tenants against greedy Rachman landlords, where was Ed Miliband? Oh yes, talking to the CBI.

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5 Responses to “Ninety two families on New Era Estate face eviction”

  1. unityandequality Says:

    Reblogged this on unityandequality.

  2. keithpp Says:

    Wonderful news. Direct action is the only thing that works. https://keithpp.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/ninety-two-families-on-new-era-estate-face-eviction/ … #NewEraEstate

  3. keithpp Says:

    Estate tenants face eviction after rent promise revoked
    http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/estate-tenants-face-eviction-after-rent-promise-revoked-9864869.html

  4. keithpp Says:

    New Era estate scandal: families at the mercy of international speculators

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/nov/19/new-era-estate-scandal-london-families-international-speculators

  5. keithpp Says:

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